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Sinn Féin is 'up for a deal' - Mary Lou McDonald

“We are committed to real power-sharing; power sharing is about creating the common ground wherein we can collectively challenge the scourge of sectarianism that has divided our people, grow the economy, build new communities and deliver public services that meet the needs of all our people.

Sinn Féin is up for securing a deal to see the restoration of the power-sharing institutions at Stormont, Party President Mary Lou McDonald has said. 

The Sinn Féin Leader was speaking at the launch of the party's new policy document on eradicating sectarianism in Belfast today. 

The One Community document was launched this morning in the Houben Centre in North Belfast. 

Speaking at the launch, Mary Lou McDonald insisted that she wants to see the Assembly up and running and delivering for everyone. 

“Sinn Féin entered and operated the institutions in the north because they are in the best interest of all our people.

Mary Lou McDonald speaking at the launch of the One Community document.

“Martin McGuinness led the Executive with courage and with patience.  He was a bridge builder, a reconciler, a leader who stood up for the rights of all citizens and a joint First minister who took a stand against sectarianism 

“He resigned because those institutions were undermined by disrespect and tainted by scandal. 

“But let me be clear - Sinn Féin is up for a deal," she said. 

The Sinn Féin President also said she looks forward to working with the DUP in the future. 

“We are committed to real power-sharing; power sharing is about creating the common ground wherein we can collectively challenge the scourge of sectarianism that has divided our people, grow the economy, build new communities and deliver public services that meet the needs of all our people.

“We want the Executive and Assembly up and running.  I look forward to working with the DUP and with the other parties in the North," she said. 

Recently elected unionist Senator, Ian Marshall, also spoke at the policy launch in Belfast today. 

Meanwhile, Mary Lou McDonald also welcomed the attendance of DUP leader Arlene Foster at the Ulster Final in Clones on Sunday. 

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  • The first edition of this new magazine will feature a 10 page special on the life and legacy of our leader Martin McGuinness to mark the first anniversary of his untimely passing.
  • It will include a personal reminiscence by Gerry Adams and contributions from the McGuinness family.
  • There will also be an exclusive interview with our new Uachtarán Mary Lou McDonald.

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